Writing a hub can be just like fishing
Life here on the good old Hub Pages can be rather interesting at certain times. I figured out that creating, writing, and publishing a hub is just like fishing in your favorite pond or lake. Sometimes it takes a little while after publishing a hub before you get some bites. Once you put your worm on the hook, and cast your line into the water, you just have to sit back and patiently wait for that bobber to start moving around to get some action. I realize that this is a somewhat of a different analogy, but this idea suddenly occurred to me after I wrote and published one of my previous hubs.
I kept on checking back after I published the hub, but I kept noticing that there weren't any comments or hits on my hub for some strange reason. Each and every time that I would check back on my Hub the comment section was completely void of any comments. Comments are the sole reason that I'm here on the Hub Pages, and I've gotten over 2,300 wonderful comments so far. Thank you all so much for each and every single one of your comments. I've also gotten some not so great comments, but I do know how to hit the red "Deny" button as one person has already found out. I'm not here for money, and I never opened an account, and I'm solely here for fun. However for almost the first 24 hours nobody, and I mean nobody stopped by to visit my new hub. I was getting kind of bummed out about it.
So I started to think that maybe I wrote a total piece of junk, that no one else wanted to read. I even started to think that maybe I would be better off unpublishing this hub, and trashing it. While all of these thoughts were crossing my mind, suddenly on the 22nd hour I received my very first comment from. I was thrilled to finally get my very first bite, and hear something from the outside world. This hubber left a very encouraging comment for me. Within just minutes after receiving that comment, two more hubbers stopped by and left two more wonderful comments. A short time later another hubber left another wonderful comment, and I then realized that just like other things in this life, that it sometimes takes a little time for things to begin happening. I would like to take this time to thank all four of you for your wonderful comments!
Just like when you are fishing in a river or a pond, you can't expect to cast your line in and get a bite right off of the bat, and the same thing goes for hunting. You can't expect to put a cake or a pie into an oven, and one minute later take it out and it's hot & ready to eat. So the same thing goes for when you publish a hub, you have to be patient, and wait for the word to get out there. I was foolish to think any different, and now I know better.
I occasionally stop by the forms here at the Hub Pages when I'm bored. Sometimes there's some good information on the forums, however I usually try to stay away from all of the arguments. Saying the wrong thing on these forums is one of the fastest ways to get banned on the Hub Pages. After all if you want to argue with the big daddy's, then stop by "Topix". This is where you will find the baddest of the bad when it comes to arguing on the Internet. There was a time when I could take down the toughest of the tough on this Web Site in an argument, but that sort of thing just plain got OLD. I have no interest in that sort of thing anymore, and there's much better things to do in life.
I got side tracked there for a second. What I was going to say is that I've noticed some folks talking about their traffic severely dropping on the forums, and that they were thinking about deleting some of their newer hubs. I thought about that briefly, but I think deleting ANY hub is a big mistake, and that everything needs some time to grow, and be noticed.
As for the traffic dropping, everything in this world, which includes the Internet, and the Hub Pages is constantly changing. The Hub Pages are always trying out new changes here from time to time. These changes may or may not have any bearing on future traffic dropping. We'll just have to use the good old wait and see approach on that matter. This now concludes another day in the life for a hubber here on the Hub Pages, and once again that's TheHoleStory about how publishing a hub can be just like fishing.